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What is a capybara?

Is a capybara a relative of a guinea pig?

  • It’s a close relative with the guinea pig, and the rock cavy, and a distant relative to the chinchilla. Capybaras are highly social animals living in groups of 20 to 30 individuals, sometimes as large as 100 individuals. They are semi-aquatic mammals living near rivers, lakes, and flooded savannas.

How much does a capybara cost to own?

  • They are exotic pets, after all. The cost of one capybara is between $1,000 and $3,000. You should keep more than one, so the costs quickly add up. Depending on where you live, you might need to get a license or a permit for keeping these animals. Those are only the upfront costs.

Is it easy to care for a capybara?

  • The capybara is not the ordinary pet you can find in every pet store. On the contrary, it is a wild animal with special requirements, and taking care of it, it’s not the easiest job in the world.

What is a capybara?What is a capybara?

The capybara ( Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is a giant cavy rodent native to South America. It is the largest living rodent and a member of the genus Hydrochoerus.

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What is the dental formula of a capybara?What is the dental formula of a capybara?

The dental formula is Capybaras have slightly webbed feet and vestigial tails. Their hind legs are slightly longer than their forelegs; they have three toes on their rear feet and four toes on their front feet. Their muzzles are blunt, with nostrils, and the eyes and ears are near the top of their heads.


Do capybaras need vitamin C?Do capybaras need vitamin C?

Like its relative the guinea pig, the capybara does not have the capacity to synthesize vitamin C, and capybaras not supplemented with vitamin C in captivity have been reported to develop gum disease as a sign of scurvy. They can have a lifespan of 8–10 years, but live less than four years in the wild,...


Where do capybaras live in Trinidad?Where do capybaras live in Trinidad?

Capybara have flourished in cattle ranches. They roam in home ranges averaging 10 hectares (25 acres) in high-density populations. Many escapees from captivity can also be found in similar watery habitats around the world. A breeding population now occurs in Trinidad.